Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Keegan Bradley wins BMW Championship after epic Justin Rose choke

Keegan Bradley wins BMW Championship after epic Justin Rose choke

Keegan Bradley hits his bunker shot on the third hole on his way to winning the BMW Championship on Monday.

After Sunday's wet weather postponed the final round, overnight leader Rose got off to a shaky start in defence of his one-shot advantage with a bogey on the first hole.

Tiger Woods shot a 5-under-par 65 in the rain-delayed final round of the BMW Championship on Monday to finish the tournament at 17 under and qualify for next week's Tour Championship. The Englishman could become the world number one with a victory, even if the event were declared complete after three rounds.

On Sunday, the PGA TOUR and the grounds crew at Aronimink did everything they could to get players on the course.

Five-time BMW championship victor Tiger Woods mounted another vintage charge, but a late back-nine stumble has been the story of his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery. To bogey the 72nd hole and to get into a play-off is obviously nothing to be happy about, but the putt I had to win was the best putt I've ever hit to try and win a tournament. But it helped him finish 20th in the FedEx Cup points, meaning a spot in the 30-player Tour Championship next week. Rose chose to putt his ball and left himself a knee-knocking five-footer, which he missed, allowing Bradley to tap in for the victory. He still was set for to be at the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013.

"I thought I needed to shoot something around 62 today to have a chance", Woods said.

"I'm very proud of it, it's been a good stretch of golf, I've really played solidly for over a year". To win and to put everything together when I didn't know if I was going to win again, to get to the Tour Championship, to have them here and have what's going on in my life is just so incredible. "But to get to the end of the season and make it to the Tour Championship, considering what I've been through, is a pretty good accomplishment". Because he didn't add to his schedule a tournament he had not played in the last four years, he is in violation of the PGA Tour's scheduling policy.

Spieth now faces potential sanctions from the PGA Tour for failing to play 25 events in the 2017-18 season. This year he did not add a new event, and the Ryder Cup - which counts - will give him just 24. Spieth is the first player to violate the policy, which began past year.

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